Member Spotlight: Milad Saikali
Q & A with Milad Saikali, Commercial Account Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal Commercial Banking.
Q: How did you get into banking?
A. While I was an undergrad student at Dalhousie I took a part-time job as a bank teller. It was the perfect job for a student at the time. When I graduated with a BSc in Economics there were many more opportunities in banking and I decided to pursue a career in the industry.
Q: What do you most enjoy about your job?
A. My job is about helping people. I realized early on that I wanted to work with businesses so the first opportunity I had, I came to BMO Commercial Banking. As a Commercial Account Manager I manage the entire banking relationship for corporate clients. I specialize in lending commercial loans and cash management. I work with a team to look after all our clients’ immediate banking needs both business and personal.
Q: What made you choose BMO Bank of Montreal?
A. There are a lot of wonderful people here. And we’ve been named Canada’s Best Commercial Bank by World Finance the second year in a row. We pride ourselves on being a relationship bank – so we go the extra step to understand and know their business and personal situation and everything they have going on in their life. We take a holistic approach, we try to take a step back and look at the overall picture so we can provide the best solutions to achieve short and long-term goals while delivering the best experience possible for the client. There are a lot of other lenders, but we are in it for the long run.
Q: Why did you get involved with the LCC?
A. I’ve been involved with the Chamber for a few years now, I served as the treasurer last year and continue to serve on the Board of Directors. The Chamber helps us link Canadian Lebanese businesses together. Our networking events and the opportunities those provide are becoming more and more important. I like being able to give something back, and not just to the Lebanese business community, but to the Nova Scotia community as a whole.
Q: What is the best thing about being a member of LCC?
A. One of the best reasons to get involved with LCC is there are a lot of high calibre individuals involved. There are so many accomplished people there, and everyone is there because they want to be able to help people who need it. Our Connector Program in collaboration with the Halifax Partnership helps new immigrants find jobs, and connect with the right people to help them develop a strong network. That’s what we look to leverage. The impact that Lebanese business has had on the community here has been significant, we try to leverage that to be able to do more good.
There are a lot of great programs to support members. I’m a recent recipient of the Lebanese Canadian scholarship through the LCC. I’m currently enrolled in my second and final year of the Executive MBA program at Saint Mary’s University.
Q: What other community organizations are you involved with?
A. The Halifax Lebanese Festival. I’ve been involved since inception and became chair last year. It’s a great event that helps connect the Lebanese community with the broader Halifax community.
Q: How can people reach you?
A. I am willing to help anyone; if their best fit isn’t with me I’m happy to point them in the right direction. People can email or call me: email@example.com or at 902-421-5029.